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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over...
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 264
    Excellent
  • 119
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this dinner. Beside watching the sunset from our table and being the recipients of the hard work of our server Shawn, the seafood was very flavorful and fresh tasting. I enjoyed a bowl of the best seafood gumbo, and a plate of seafood enchiladas with a large side... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Larry J
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Mundelein, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Mundelein, Illinois
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this dinner. Beside watching the sunset from our table and being the recipients of the hard work of our server Shawn, the seafood was very flavorful and fresh tasting. I enjoyed a bowl of the best seafood gumbo, and a plate of seafood enchiladas with a large side portion of steamed mixed vegetables. My... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is the best place on the Island for Oyster Rockefeller & you get a beautiful view of the bay. They offer a special in their bar on Red Snapper Throats (in season), which are delicious.

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Round Rock, TX
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We tried the Sea Ranch for dinner. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Great views and the atmosphere was elegant. Our special was very good - snapper with shrimp diane sauce. Alex the waiter was excellent and was at the table whenever we were about to need him.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you thought our food and service was excellent, Jeff. Alex will be excited to know that you thought he made your night all the more special. Hope you'll be back to see us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Port Isabel, Texas
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Always a favorite of our daughters. I would not recommend the flounder. I usually like flounder but one of the pieces tasted fishy which is not a favorite. Would go back to and order steak. Our daughter did enjoy her steak.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you and your daughters enjoyed your visit with us, Shirley. Happy to hear that your daughter enjoyed her steak. Can't wait to have you back again. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Kingwood, Texas, United States
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We spend Valentines weekend in South Padre and one of my friends recommended we try Sea Ranch. The food was great and fresh and we were so happy we chose this restaurant for our V-Day dinner. This place is excellent!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you decided to listen to your friend's advice and pay us a visit, Tawana. Happy to hear you decided to celebrate Valentine's with us. We'd love to have you back when you're in South Padre again. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Humble, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great food and great waterfront view... Service was slow but server was nice. It was my daughters birthday and they don't really do anything but I was able to purchase a slice of cheesecake and they put a candle in it and sang happy birthday to her. Most entrees are over 20.00pp. Our total bill for 3 was 86.00.. entrees,... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you're such a big fan of our food and view, Brandey. We're happy that you decided to celebrate your daughter's birthday with us. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I just can't find words to express how me and my family are feeling about the restaurant, (service was more or less, but definitely the need to work on their food, it's so tasteless)

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by with your family while you were in Padre, though I'm concerned to hear that our cooking wasn't quite up to par. Generally, our food is known for being full of flavor, but it seems we had an off night during your visit. That said, I'd love to personally invite you back for a better experience whenever... More 

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I drove into this place on a Sunday night not knowing anything about it. Fun location on the water and the atmosphere was festive so it looked like a good choice! I heard the hostess tell the group in front of us it would be about a 30 minute wait for a party of 4, and I was ready to... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad we were able to accommodate you and your kids, Molly. Our team always enjoys serving our customers, and it was our treat to have you guys dine with us. We believe in generous pours, because there's nothing like a hearty glass of wine. Hope to see you soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

St. Joseph, Michigan
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Sorry to say I was disappointed in the meal we had at Sea Ranch. Our host had highly recommended it so my expectations were high. The service was prompt. But I tought the prices were extreme. One of our party ordered the day's special at $32, only to find that didn't include a soup or salad like an entree from... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you were disappointed during your visit with us. We never want to give the impression that our customers aren't getting bang for their buck, so it's troubling to hear that you felt you were overcharged. I can assure you that your visit is not the norm, and we hope you'll give us another opportunity to show you... More 

Craig
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The meal was as expected - filet and lobster, very good. Two at 37.99 each. The waiter was real nice - Michael, made the meal real fun!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your filet and lobster, Thomas. Happy to hear Michael made your meal more pleasant. Hope you'll be back soon to see us. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?